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    The Lugansk People's Republic fully completed the removal of weapons and military equipment from the 15-km [9-mile] security zone ahead of schedule in eastern Ukraine, according to the deputy chief of staff of the LPR people’s militia.

    LUGANSK (Sputnik) — The eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) has completed the withdrawal of weapons with less than 100 mm caliber from the contact line, the deputy chief of staff of the LPR people’s militia said on Saturday.

    In late September, an agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and weaponry of less than 100mm-caliber from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine was reached in Minsk. Kiev, as well as Lugansk and Donetsk, have signed the agreement.

    In October, the LPR started to withdraw artillery of less than 100mm caliber from the line of contact.

    "The Lugansk People's Republic has fully completed the removal of weapons and military equipment from the 15-km [9-mile] security zone ahead of schedule, thus the first Annex to the Minsk Accords has been implemented," Igor Yaschenko told RIA Novosti.

    According to him, the republic has informed the representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) about that.

    Ukraine's southeast has been engulfed in a conflict since April, 2014 as Kiev launched a military operation to suppress local militias in Donbass region.

    In February, the warring sides signed a deal on Ukrainian reconciliation in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. However, numerous ceasefire breaches have been registered in Donbas since the Minsk peace deal was signed.

    Since September 1, the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has finally been fully observed.


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